Melville Air Station

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Melville Air Station
Part of Pinetree Line
Labrador, Canada
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Type Radar Station
Code N-24
Site information
Controlled by Northeast Air Command
Aerospace Defense Command
Site history
Built 1953
Built by United States Air Force
In use 1953-1988
Melville AS is located in Newfoundland and Labrador
Melville AS
Melville AS
Location of Melville Air Station, Labrador

Melville Air Station (ADC ID: N-24) is a closed General Surveillance Radar station. It is located on the summit of Dome Mountain, 5.4 miles (8.7 km) west of CFB Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador.[1] It was closed in 1988.


The site was established in 1953 as a General Surveillance Radar station, funded by the United States Air Force. It was used initially by the Northeast Air Command, which stationed the 641st Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron on the station on 1 November 1957. The station functioned as a Ground-Control Intercept (GCI) and warning station. As a GCI station, the squadron's role was to guide interceptor aircraft toward unidentified intruders picked up on the unit's radar scopes.

It was equipped with the following radars:

The station was reassigned to the USAF Air Defense Command on 1 April 1957, and was given designation "N-24".[2]

In 1988, the USAF transferred control of the site to the Canadian Forces. It was inactivated and closed.

USAF units and assignments


  • 641st Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron, Activated at Grenier AFB, New Hampshire 26 May 1953
Moved to Melville Air Station, 1 November 1957
Discontinued 30 June 1971



 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

  • A Handbook of Aerospace Defense Organization 1946 - 1980, by Lloyd H. Cornett and Mildred W. Johnson, Office of History, Aerospace Defense Center, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado
  • Winkler, David F. (1997), Searching the skies: the legacy of the United States Cold War defense radar program. Prepared for United States Air Force Headquarters Air Combat Command.